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McLaughlin Man Sentenced for Assault by Strangulation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault of an Intimate Partner by Strangulation was sentenced on January 4, 2018, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

River Grey Bull, age 23, was sentenced to 18 months in custody, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Grey Bull was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 16, 2017.  He pled guilty on October 23, 2017.

The conviction stemmed from an incident on April 11, 2016, when Grey Bull and his intimate partner were sleeping at a residence in McLaughlin. When Grey Bull awoke, he began demanding that his intimate partner leave the residence.  Grey Bull approached her, pushed her against a wall, and began strangling her.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel C. Nelson prosecuted the case.

Grey Bull was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Updated January 8, 2018

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